Sim­mons leads way for Mariners

Weekend Courier - - Sport -

AFTER a dis­ci­plined bowl­ing per­for­mance at Lark Hill, Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah took the hon­ours on day one of its round 12 WA Premier League cricket match against Univer­sity.

Skip­per Craig Sim­mons led the way with four wick­ets and added another mile­stone to a fine ca­reer by claim­ing his 200th first­grade wicket for the Mariners.

After Sim­mons won the toss, his open­ing at­tack of Leon Coombs (2-50) and Jor­dan Clark (2-31) got to work and set Uni back at 3-13.

Change bowler Eric Botha (1-34) and Aaron Bur­rage stuck to their tasks and en­sured no let up on the stu­dents.

Bur­rage, in par­tic­u­lar, bowled well in part­ner­ships with 12 maid­ens from his 17 overs and a re­turn of 1-15.

Sim­mons bowled 24 overs just a week after re­turn­ing from a frac­tured digit to claim 4-43 as Univer­sity was dis­missed for 192.

He is just the sec­ond mem­ber of the 200 club in Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah’s 18 years of top grade cricket.

At stumps, the Mariners are 1-26 and re­quire another 167 runs to take the points and move within reach of Uni in the top six.

It was sim­i­lar for the sec­ond grade side, who knocked over the stu­dents at James Oval for 191 and will re­sume on day two at 1-45.

Left-arm spin­ner Ryan Done did most of the work, bowl­ing 27 overs for the re­ward of 4-85.

Tyler Robert­son (3-12), Cal­lum Austen (2-37) and Ro­nan Hog­a­rth (1-22) also bowled well be­fore Robert­son (26no) and Kai Har­ri­son (16no) set up their team for a big day out with a solid first hour.

Univer­sity are favourites in third and fourth grade after bowl­ing Rock­ing­hamMan­durah out be­fore mak­ing good head­way into reach­ing their vic­tory tar­gets.

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